Narrated by Meryl Streep, this award-winning historical documentary uncovers the Stalinist purges and terror in the Soviet Union during the Thirties and Forties, when an estimated twenty million people lost their lives - some in labor camps, others starved in state-induced famine, and many others executed for "crimes against the state." Focusing on Ukraine, the film incorporates historical footage, interviews with witnesses and survivors, and public officials such as former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski and former KGB official Mykola Holushka, as well as such eminent historians as Robert Conquest of Stanford University, author of The Great Terror, and Roman Szporluk of Harvard University.

"...a lyrical and compulsively watchable film that addresses a difficult subject matter with a visual and stylistic grace that transcends assumptions about the mediums of both documentary and human rights filmmaking. is an artistic achievement in its own right, a feat of old-fashioned storytelling that hooks the viewer form its opening moments forward."
The Ukrainian Weekly

"There's not been a film that we've seen in our festival that's come along and given such a really comprehensive historical analysis along with great storytelling. For me, it exemplifies three of the most important elements of filmmaking: that it touches you emotionally, that it's of very high artistic quality, and that factually it's very strong."
Bruni Burres, Director, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York

Silver Apple Award National Educational Media Network

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